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INSTITUTE FOR AUTISM RESEARCH

INSTITUTE FOR AUTISM RESEARCH

Participate in Research

Advances in the understanding and treatment of autism and related developmental disorders are dependent on sound research. Faculty at the IAR are dedicated to conducting rigorous studies that shed light on key aspects of the disorders and identify effective treatments and educational programming that maximizes the quality of life of those affected and their families. If you are interested in participating in research, please consider one of the projects listed below. These projects are currently accepting applications.

Current Studies

This study is seeking high-functioning children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to participate in a clinical trial evaluating the outpatient social development program, MAXout

Eligibility

  • Male and female children, ages 7-12 years, diagnosed with ASD
  • Cognitive and language skills near the average range, or in the average range or above

Study description

  • Children will attend two 90-minute sessions per week over 18 weeks
  • Treatment is delivered in small groups of 4 children with high functioning ASD and targets social skills, emotion-recognition skills, non-literal language skills, and interest expansion
  • All children in the study will receive the full treatment (either in the initial group or in the delayed treatment group)
  • Treatment effects will be determined using measures completed prior to treatment, immediately following treatment, and 4-6 weeks following post-treatment measures
  • Participation in the study is free and voluntary and no compensation is provided for participation

 How to participate

 The MAXout project is funded by a research grant from the U.S. Department of Defense – Autism Research Program


This study is evaluating the effectiveness of an adapted version of our summerMAX program for children ages 4-6 years old. The core emphasis of the program will be similar to our present summer program such that we will teach social skills and provide multiple opportunities to practice the skills.  The program will target social skills, face and emotion recognition, interpretation of non-literal language, and interest expansion using fun activities specifically designed for young kids in a camp format. This summer the program will be conducted over 5 weeks, Monday through Friday from June 27th through July 29th.  The cost of the program is $400 and we will offer a sliding scale so that no family will be denied due to an inability to pay. 
 If you are interested in having your child participate in this program, please submit:
  • Documentation of Diagnosis/Prior Evaluation reports (psychological, psychiatric, and/or speech and language reports)
  • Family Information Form (required) – please print, complete, and submit
  • Most recent IEP (if receives special education services)

 

Submit via mail, email, or fax to:

summerMAX - Young Children
Institute for Autism Research
Canisius College
2001 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14208

Fax Number: (716) 888-8540

Email: iar@canisius.edu

For questions, contact the IAR at iar@canisius.edu or 716-888-2800


The 2016 empirically-validated summerMAX program will serve high-functioning children between the ages of 7-12.  This summer we will be conducting studies evaluating characteristics and features of HFASD. The program will be conducted from June 27th through July 29st from 8:50 AM to 4:10 PM. The program will work on social skills, face and emotion recognition, interpretation of non-literal language, and interest expansion using fun activities in a camp format.

If interested please submit the following:
  • Most recent IEP (if receives special education services)
  • Family Information Form – please print, complete, and submit
 Submit via mail, email, or fax to:
summerMAX
Institute for Autism Research
Canisius College
2001 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14208
 

Fax Number: (716) 888-8540

Email: iar@canisius.edu

For questions, contact the iar at iar@canisius.edu or 716-888-2800


Career Experiences of Young Adults with Asperger's Syndrome, High-Functioning Autism and PDDNOS

This study is examining the experiences of 18 years of age or older with high functioning autism spectrum disorders (HFASDs) with career planning and/or job attainment. Information gained from this study will help in the development of formal career support for individuals with HFASDs. Note that HFASDs include individuals with Asperger's Disorder and Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified (PDDNOS). 

Participation in this study will take no more than 90 minutes total and can be completed at one's own pace over multiple sessions. No identifiable or personal information will be collected to assure the privacy of the participant.

To start participation, click on the weblink below. On this weblink the participant will complete a brief self-screening, read information about this study and what the participant is being asked to do , learn about participant's rights in completing this study and how to contact research staff receive some contact information. After this information is reviewed, the participant will complete a demographic form and several surveys. Those surveys ask about the participant's confidence in getting a job and how the participant deals with stress in their job (if participant has one).  The surveys also ask about types of supports, barriers, career goals, career expectations, and career interests.

If you have questions regarding this study please contact:

Gloria K. Lee, Ph.D., CRC
Associate Professor
Michigan State University
Erickson Hall 
620 Farm Ln Room 459 
East Lansing MI 48824 US

517-432-3623

leekalai@msu.edu